Be engaged, be guided, be heard: Laura Glaub



Be You(tiful).

This simply stated but deeply complex message is reaching college women across the country thanks to Saint Mary’s senior Laura Glaub.

"What’s important is who you are, how you treat people, what you put your time and energy toward, and what you do to make your world a better place.”

As a sophomore, Laura and two other students created Love Your Body Week, an event that helped students examine stereotypes about women’s bodies and, in turn, learn to love their bodies. Beyond being a big hit on Saint Mary’s campus, it was named best program at the Indiana Residence Hall Organization Conference in 2011, then won among 340 programs at the National Association of College and University Residence Halls Conference. Now, Laura, a communication studies major, is thrilled to help other campuses establish similar events.


Laura shows her Saint Catherine Medal
and award citation.
“Even as a young woman I kept hearing things like ‘My thighs are too big,’ which really bothered me,” she says. “Your outer image isn’t what’s most important in life. What’s important is who you are, how you treat people, what you put your time and energy toward, and what you do to make your world a better place.”

Laura couldn’t be more committed to these ideals. If she believes a cause is worthy of her time, she gives it everything she’s got. “When I came to Saint Mary’s, I went to activities night and signed up for everything,” she says. “The next year, I wanted to do even more.” Her activities include Student Activities Board, the Dance Marathon fundraiser (which benefits Riley’s Hospital for Children in Indianapolis), Student Government Association, Belles Against Violence, tutoring, and Residence Hall Association, for which she held a statewide office.

“Clubs definitely helped me grow as a person,” Laura says. “I’ve learned to be the positive person in the group. Some people, if a printer breaks, it ruins their day. I try to take a more positive stance on life.” This includes the warm smile for which she’s become known on campus.

Laura’s attitude and actions earned her one of the College’s highest honors, the Saint Catherine Medal, which recognizes personal excellence, scholarship, and service. “She is known as an innovator who constantly seeks ways to bring people together to make the world a better place,” Laura’s medal citation reads. “She demonstrates what people are capable of when the heart and mind are integrated, and when we approach others and the world guided by the values of respect, compassion, and service.”